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Kayla Dimick

C&G Staff Reporter – Southfield Sun


Staff Writer Kayla Dimick covers Southfield, Lathrup Village and Southfield Public Schools. Kayla has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2014 and attended Oakland University and St. Clair County Community College.

Published July 31, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — The roar of people chatting about their experiences and qualities could be heard from the hallway of the Southfield Pavillion Tuesday, July 22, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes event.

Hiring Our Heroes is a nonprofit arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is designed to help veterans young and old to find stable jobs.

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Published July 30, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — As families get ready to embark on end-of-the-summer trips before school starts, they should be thinking safety first.

That’s according to Bruce Hamilton, manager of research and communications of AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

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Published July 30, 2014

LATHRUP VILLAGE — If you enter any given chain grocery store, you’re sure to find fluorescent lights and crowded aisles. At the Lathrup Village Farmers Market, however, you’re sure to find brightly colored tents, fresh produce and live entertainment.

The Lathrup Village Farmers Market, located at the Lathrup Village Municipal Complex, 27400 Southfield Road, runs 2-7 p.m. every Wednesday and is followed by a free concert in the park.

The market features fresh produce, and homemade jams, spices and personal care items, along with other wares.

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Published July 30, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Prospective homeowners have tons of decisions to face — where should I buy a house? What is my budget? Should I contact a real estate agent?

To help answer these questions and more, Southfield Human Services is teaming up with Lighthosue of Oakland County to hold a free homebuyer education seminar.

The seminar will take place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 16 in the meeting room of Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, and is open to the public. Attendees do not need to be a resident of Southfield to register.

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Published July 30, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — People traveling down 11 Mile Road from Inkster may soon be experiencing some delays and road closures due to roadwork set to take place in early August.

The Southfield City Council unanimously approved the rehabilitation of 2,200 feet the road at its committee-of-the-whole meeting on Monday, July 21.

“What we’re doing is putting a couple inches of stone on the existing road and 5.5 inches of asphalt,” said Assistant City Engineer Leigh Schultz.

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Published July 25, 2014

LATHRUP VILLAGE — In order to give the children of Lathrup Village a better understanding of what greenspace is all about, the Lathrup Village Children’s Garden has introduced a living roof.

A living roof, or green roof, is a building roof that is  partially or completely covered by plants, with the goal of improving air quality and stormwater runoff.

Debbie Hoatlin-Dunn, activities and education coordinator for the Lathrup Village Children’s Garden, said the new living roof is also a learning opportunity for the kids in the village.

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Published July 25, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Lawrence Tech University has donated 50 Fujitsu tablet computers to Vista Maria, a nonprofit organization in Dearborn Heights.

Vista Maria provides treatment programs, services and educational resources to victimized girls and young women in southeast Michigan.

In operation since 1883, Vista Maria’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty through education and daily living assistance, according to the organization. 

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Published July 25, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Losing a loved one is one of the hardest things to go through in life, and it is said that losing a spouse is even harder.

In order to help Michigan residents who have lost a spouse, Hospice of Michigan is holding free Loss of Spouse Grief Support programs in Plymouth and Southfield this summer.

The public is invited to discuss the hardships that come with losing a spouse 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at HOM’s office in Southfield, located at 26957 Northwestern Hwy. Suite 140.

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Published July 25, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — City officials are urging residents to double check their voter identification cards because precincts and some polling locations have changed, just in time for the primary election Aug. 5.

City Clerk Nancy Banks said the reason for the changes was to deter long waiting times for the presidential election in 2016.

Long wait times plagued the 2012 election, forcing some voters to wait for hours on end, she said.

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Published July 17, 2014

SOUTHFIELD —  Police are searching for a woman wanted in connection with a robbery July 1 at Comerica Bank on Telegraph Road in Southfield.

Police describe the woman as 30-40 years old, 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, approximately 180 pounds, with a heavy build and crooked teeth. She was wearing a black wig with gold streaks, sunglasses, a short-sleeved red shirt and blue jeans with gold designs embossed on the back pockets. She was carrying a gold and black purse.

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Published July 17, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — “Hi, I’m Mr. Wiggles, but my friends call me Wigglesworth!” reads an online profile of a pit bull terrier up for adoption at the Almost Home Shelter in Southfield.

“My name is very fitting, as I am the happiest, wiggliest puppy you will ever meet!”

Mr. Wiggles is one of roughly 70 dogs and cats who live at Almost Home who are looking for a permanent place to live.

To help the animals at Almost Home, the shelter is holding an Adopt-A-Thon 10 a.m.-10 p.m. July 18-20 on the shelter’s grounds at 25503 Ciara Lane.

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Published July 17, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — The city of Southfield has won the 2013 Project of the Year award for the Valley Woods wetlands restoration and stormwater improvement project from the American Public Works Association.

The project took place within the 126-acre Valley Woods Nature Preserve on the Rouge River in Southfield, with the goal of restoring the wetland back to its natural state.

One of the ways this was done was removing invasive plants and replacing them with new, Michigan native plants by performing a controlled burn on the site.

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Published July 16, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Grab your blankets, chairs and snacks, and get ready to park it at the Burgh Historical Park for this year’s Park*It @ the Burgh event.

The family-friendly event will take place July 21 and will feature food, music and a movie.

The event is put on by Southfield Parks and Recreation and Park*It Family Fun Nights, a company based in Sterling Heights and owned by Sponsorship Solutions. Park*It produces a family-fun night tour, stopping in 30 metro Detroit cities this summer.

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Published July 10, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — If it wasn’t for the South Oakland Shelter, Brian Magsig wouldn’t be the person he is today.

Once homeless, unemployed, and addicted to drugs and alcohol, Magsig turned his life around through the help of SOS.

On Sunday, Aug. 3, at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Southfield, SOS is holding a run/walk to raise money to help other people like Magsig. 

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Published July 10, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield City Council approved the city’s 2014-15 budget June 16 at a special meeting before the regularly scheduled City Council meeting.

The general fund total was set at just under $66.8 million, which is an increase of nearly $1.2 million, or 1.8 percent, from last year’s budget.

Mayor Brenda Lawrence said this year’s increase in funds for the budget is out of the norm for Southfield.

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